Edie Windsor, the Matriarch of Marriage Equality, Dies at 88 - Reactions

Edie Windsor, the Matriarch of Marriage Equality, Dies at 88 - Reactions

It was during the aftermath of Spyer's death that Windsor found herself thrust in the spotlight as an LGBT activist and marriage equality hero, as Windsor found herself with an enormous estate tax bill after receiving her inheritance.

"Today, we lost one of this country's great civil rights pioneers, Edie Windsor".

"It was a love affair that just kept on and on and on", Windsor recalled to the Guardian US in 2013.

Her late wife Thea Spyer, who Windsor married in Canada in 2007 after being together for 40 years, had left her estate to Windsor, but the IRS had denied her the spousal exemption from federal estate taxes, which was then given to straight couples, when Spyer died in 2009.

This led to a wider 2015 ruling which legalised same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

This led to Windsor paying taxes of $363,053 and filing her lawsuit which accused the federal government of singling out same-sex partners for "differential treatment".

Her death was confirmed to The New York Times by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married in 2016.

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The Supreme Court later bolstered the rulings of two lower courts in a 5-4 ruling, which states that nobody should be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law".

Like countless others, Ms. Windsor had been snared by the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which barred same-sex married couples from federal recognition as "spouses", effectively excluding them from federal benefits available to married heterosexuals - precisely 1,138 benefits, according to a count by the Government Accountability Office, Congress's fiscal watchdog agency.

Edith Schlain was born on June 20, 1929, in Philadelphia, the youngest of three children of Russian-born Jews, James and Celia Schlain.

Edie Windsor married Judith Kasen-Windsor, a banking executive she met at an LGBT rights event in 2015, on September. Many of us feel the personal loss of a tremendous friend and mentor, whom we will never forget.

She said she knew the relationship was not right for her within a year, and they divorced. In 1967 they became engaged, with Spyer giving Windsor a diamond pin.

Windsor is now survived by Kasen-Windsor, Windsor's wife. Their attraction was rekindled two years later at a party in the Hamptons on Long island. "Her legacy will live on in history and be felt in the lives of our community for many years to come".

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